Review of illegal killing of birds in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran

 

BirdLife International is currently leading a Review of illegal killing and taking of birds in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran, jointly with OSME in the Middle East region.

This project extends the geographic scope of our previous review of the illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean region  which has proven a useful information source for the CMS intergovernmental Task Force set up to tackle the issue (see scientific paper, layman’s report and full report, all used as information documents at the 1st meeting of the CMS intergovernmental Task Force).

One of the key objectives of this initiative is to compile national level information on the worst locations for illegal killing, the practices used and numbers of individuals per species illegally killed/taken. In order to achieve this, BirdLife Partners, OSME members and other experts have compiled relevant data on illegal killing and taking of birds in their country in a national template.

  • For most of the countries, these national data were available for peer-review from mid-January to the end of February 2017 to ensure they were as accurate as possible and integrate all relevant sources of information. Feedback received are currently used by BirdLife Partners, OSME members and other data compilers to revise the data, and these revised datasets will be used in our analysis to present a regional overview of illegal killing and taking of birds.
  • For Germany and United Kingdom, datasets were only available early March and are currently available for peer-review until the 10th April 2017.
  • For Iran and Saudi Arabia, there will be a second phase of this open peer-review later this spring, as we are currently working with both Iranian and Saudi governments on data collection.

For more information about this project, please contact Anne-Laure Brochet (anne-laure.brochet@birdlife.org).

 


EUROPE

Countries Min-Max estimated no. individual birds illegally killed/taken per year Open review
Andorra No birds killed in non-trivial numbers
Armenia 23,900 – 56,700 Closed
Austria 700 – 7,100 Closed
Azerbaijan 185,000 – 973,000 Closed
Belarus 35,700 – 94,300 Closed
Belgium 13,800 – 107,000 Closed
Bulgaria 6,900 – 49,400 Closed
Czech Republic 1,800 – 23,700 Closed
Denmark 7,500 – 55,000 Closed
Estonia 1,700 – 11,000 Closed
Faroe Islands 200 – 2,700 Closed
Finland 1,900 – 13,300 Closed
Georgia 8,600 – 37,100 Closed
Germany 56,000 – 172,000 Click here to download the template
Greenland Not assessed
Hungary 7,200 – 49,700 Closed
Iceland 4,700 – 19,300 Closed
Ireland 100 – 6,300 Closed
Latvia 900 – 4,100 Closed
Liechtenstein No birds killed in non-trivial numbers
Lithuania 600 – 5,500 Closed
Luxembourg No birds killed in non-trivial numbers
Netherlands 15,700 – 95,500 Closed
Norway 5,100 – 34,200 Closed
Poland 7,400 – 32,600 Closed
Romania 22,300 – 177,000 Closed
Slovakia 1,900 – 9,400 Closed
Sweden 37,400 – 79,800 Closed
Switzerland No birds killed in non-trivial numbers
Ukraine 1,600 – 20,400 Closed
United Kingdom 300 – 50,100 Click here to download the template

 


ARABIAN PENINSULA, IRAQ and IRAN

Countries Min-Max estimated no. individual birds illegally killed/taken per year Open review
Bahrain 1,900 – 3,400 Closed
Iran Data collection in progress  Will be launched later this spring
Iraq 155,000 – 530,000 Closed
Kuwait 13,200 – 34,000 Closed
Oman 1,100 – 14,400 Closed
Qatar 600 – 26,400 Closed
Saudi Arabia Data collection in progress Will be launched later this spring
United Arab Emirates 100 – 6,300 Closed
Yemen 212,000 – 349,000 Closed

 

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